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The Deadly Combination

Engines, Landing-Gear, Fuel Tanks & Tires



Contrary to the position maintained by officialdom, that most accidents are caused by pilot error, there is ample evidence that most fatalities are caused by the  "the irresponsible common practice of hanging engines and landing gear onto fuel tank supporting structure in combination with excessively high take-off and landing speeds on overstressed tires."

Conventional v. Burnelli design comparison Think about it.  Almost every commercial aircraft you fly on today has this ridiculously dangerous configuration which has in fact not been altered since the 1930s.  The fundamental flaws of this conventional configuration are still present in most jet transports today.  The National Fire Protection Association recognized these flaws in 1947 and made this statement:

"... all these potential hazards [placing tremendous quantities of gasoline in frail containers directly behind high horsepower reciprocating engines, adding the lubricating oil and hydraulic fluids, the electrical, exhaust and heating system, ... auxiliary power units, ... batteries] are placed in juxtaposition, and, in such proximity, become essentially uncontrollable, or, at least, unpredictable, and highly explosive ."

George H. Tryon, III, Secretary of the National Fire
Protection Association, in the Quarterly of the N.F.P.A.
(Vol 40, No. 4) of April 1947 on page 259

Tires & Fuel Tanks

A number of crashes occurred shortly after take-off due to tire fires, to name a few:

    - a Swissair Caravelle, taking-off from Zurich on September 4, 1963 crashed shortly after take-off due to a fire in the left main landing-gear well killing all on board,
    - a Mexicana B-727 near Mexico City, 14 minutes after take-off sustained a tire blow-out inside the main-landing gear wheel well, igniting hydraulic fluid and fuel and the plane crashed.
    - a NationsAir DC-8 at Jeddah

to name but three, all crashed after tire fires and there were further accidents due to tire fires/explosions which didn't end in total disasters. For example, the fuselage of a United Airlines Boeing 747-400 was torn when a tire exploded and caused a hole one meter long (3.3 ft) and half a meter wide, or shrapnel from disintegrating wheels punched a 3-in. gash in the wing fuel tank and a fire ensued, causing extensive damage to a Capitol Airways DC-8 during a take-off when it suffered a tire failure at Shannon Airport in Ireland in 1977.

Two particularly in-depth articles which cite numerous references to the tire problem are the London Sunday Times article of January 16, 1983 entitled "The Achilles heel of big jets" and The Wall Street Journal article of November 1, 1979 entitled "Danger Aloft" [see also the articles mentioned below for further examples].

Engines & Fuel Tanks

DC-10 crashes - immediate fire Just one example of an engine causing the death fifty five passengers is the Manchester 'accident' of August 22, 1985.  An explosion in the engine compartment caused a puncture in the adjacent fuel tank and a fire which soon engulfed the plane (which was still on the ground). 

Landing gears & Fuel Tanks

In January 1986 Continental Airlines won a court case against McDonnell Douglas .  The Judge concluded that the "aircraft manufacturer practiced 'fraud and deceit' by claiming wing fuel tanks on the jet would not rupture if the landing gear was torn off."  Incredibly, the judge ordered the transcript of the trial testimony sealed and unavailable to the public.  WHY? 


Out of all the articles presented above and the many other articles about crashes you will find in the media, we dare anyone to find one article where the journalist ever asks why the engines, landing gear, tires and fuel tanks are placed in such close proximity.  It is always taken for granted.  Why? Airbus A-320 crash during demonstration flight - unsegregated engines & fuel tanks cause immediate fire
Airbus A-320 crash during demonstration flight - unsegregated engines & fuel tanks cause immediate fire

Finally, as you read the various newspaper articles, you should ask yourself, did the so-called mainstream media play along and help keep you and I in the dark? For your edification we've included a document entitled Mass Media 101 or the How and Why of the DisInformation Age" which will help you decipher the 'newspeak' of today's media not only with reference to these articles but with all media.